Best Turkey EVER

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I love making turkey this way. It is the best, very moist turkey.


depends on the size of the bird


1 turkey, any size
1 head of lettuce
1 lemon
2 sticks butter, softened
your favorite herbs


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Clean the turkey, rinsing the cavity well. Tear the lettuce into large chunks and stuff the turkey. NOTE: The lettuce will NOT add any flavor to the bird. You can add onion, fruit or anything to add flavor. DO NOT ADD STUFFING. It will not cook properly. You will get a soggy mess! Zest the lemon and then juice it in a separate container. Add the lemon zest to one stick of butter and add any other herbs you enjoy. ( I like thyme, rosemary and garlic). Smear the herbed butter all over the turkey. Cover the whole bird in foil, and seal it tightly around the pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes per pound. Melt the last stick of butter and add the lemon juice for a baste. Uncover the last 45 minutes and baste every 10 minutes with the lemon butter. Bake until the juices run clear or 165 degrees. This can be adapted to any poultry you like – chicken or fish.



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this is a great recipe I am

this is a great recipe I am going to use this recipe to cook my turkey as it will be my first year doing it without my mom

my wife and I have been

my wife and I have been stuffing our Thanksgiving turkey for over 55 years, as our parents, and grandparents did...and we wouldn't do it any other way ! it has never been "a soggy mess" and it has always been cooked and thoroughly delicious ! so there !

Ericke, Maybe she meant with

Maybe she meant with this recipe the stuffing would be a soggy mess. I think the lettuce would ruin the stuffing.

I like cooking turkey like my

I like cooking turkey like my grandmother did when I was younger. She always parboiled her turkeys using salt, pepper and herbs of her choosing at the time. and used the broth to make her dressing, as we have a big family. Never had a bad holiday, maybe it was all the LOVE she put into it. And I still make her recipes just like she taught us.

What does the lettuce do?

What does the lettuce do? Keep the inside of the bird moist?